Match Over - Pakistan won by 3 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Pakistan, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
  • Referee: DC Boon
  • When: 12 Jun 2017, 11:30 SAST
  • Winner: Pakistan
  • Man of the Match: Sarfraz Ahmed


  • Umpire1: M Erasmus
  • Umpire2: BNJ Oxenford
  • Third Umpire: CB Gaffaney



Overs: 49.2 / 50.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 44.5 / 50.0


6.45pm That's it from us today. What. A. Match. Sporadic displays of awesome skill, tucked in between long periods of ordinary cricket - that's the formula for an exciting cricket game. Two groups of players got it right today. And we hope you enjoyed how we called it. On behalf of Shashank and Sanjay - good night, folks. See you for the semi-final.

Semi-final line-up:
1: England v Pakistan at Cardiff, June 14
2: Bangladesh v India at Edgbaston, June 15

Sunny: "This predictably unpredictable Pakistan team has once again unpredictably gone on to win the match after a predictable collapse with some unpredictable batting from Amir. Great to see the lower order perform.

ABAE: "These situations are probably why Sarfaraz bats so low... Thank God they pulled through today. "

Sabbir Chowdhury: "This Champions Trophy has seen some of the memorable partnerships in ODI cricket. Today, we've seen a wonderful partnership which saw them home. Formidable!"

MIKE RAM: "Have to spare a thought for Malinga a Champion for SL. He had 3 dropped catches off his bowling and a few misfields. Had SL taken their catches they could have gone thru to the Semis. "

Sharmalie Wickr: "In all honesty, it was a game of who played less worse! My team just did not show up. #disappointed"

saamai: "2 flawed teams played a super flawed match. In the end the experience (being flawed for longer time) prevailed."

Ali Raza: "Thank God it's over. Lots of finger nails must be hurting. Ew!"

Mathews: A see-saw kind of a game. Credit should go to Pakistan. They held their nerves and are deserved winners. it was a bit of a funny wicket. We hadn't got the runs on the board but we knew we could defend this. And the bowlers did their job, but we didn't hold on to our catches. Proud of the boys. Even though we only had 236 to defend, they gave it their all. Unfortunately, we missed a few chances. In a big tournament like this, they fought hard an inexperienced team. I'm proud of them.

Sarfraz: First of all, thanks to the Almighty. I can't believe it. Thanks to Amir, he played really well. I jus told him to play his game and not to worry about the score. That if we took it to the 40th over we would win. Drop catches are part of the game. Allah helped us and that's why Pakistan won today.

Sarfraz is the Man of the Match.

6.30pm A yelling, screaming Sarfraz sprints towards Mohammad Amir and embraces him. Mickey Arthur, who was summoning all his spirituality for the last hour, leaps off his seat in the pavilion. We don't even know what Malinga's face looks like right now, but that won't be a hard guess, will it? Thisara Perera will be a haunted man. How do you live down something like this? A remarkable comeback from Pakistan where there never should have been one. But you can argue that Sri Lanka should never have been in the game after their own collapse. It was their tail that stretched the score and it was Pakistan's that snatched the victory.

44.5SL Malinga to Sarfraz Ahmed, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, he's done it! Sarfraz Ahmed has huffed and puffed and pushed and fought - and he hasn't done it perfectly - but he has dragged his team into the semi-final. The slower ball is dropped short and wide outside off stump and he waits for it to come on before ramping it to the third man boundary.
44.4SL Malinga to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs, slower ball, low full toss at knee height, calmly tucked to bisect deep square and fine leg.
44.3SL Malinga to Sarfraz Ahmed, 2 runs, slower yorker, met on the full, flicked to deep square's right and back for the second.
44.2SL Malinga to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, back of a length at off stump, gets on top of the bounce, opens the face to drop this to point's right.
44.2SL Malinga to Mohammad Amir, WIDE, 1 run, bouncer...oh and it's too short, this is a wide.
44.1SL Malinga to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, overpitched inswinger at the toes, clipped to deep square.
End of over 44. 6 runs this over. 226/7 after 264 balls.
Mohammad Amir 27 (42b 1x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 5-0-19-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 52 (75b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Shahrukh: "Following updates during breaks in Taraveh and while I do this, everyone has their phone out for updates. Unpredictables they said, well said"

End of over 43. 3 runs this over. 220/7 after 258 balls.
Mohammad Amir 22 (37b 0x4 0x6 ) DM de Silva 1-0-3-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 51 (74b 4x4 0x6 ) more

pavan: "Amir is playing gem of an innings rotating strike.. people too busy to notice amidst dropped catches."

End of over 42. 11 runs this over. 217/7 after 252 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 50 (72b 4x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 10-0-48-1
Mohammad Amir 20 (33b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 41. 8 runs this over. 206/7 after 246 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 41 (68b 2x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 9-2-41-1
Mohammad Amir 18 (31b 0x4 0x6 ) more

They got the strike bowler back, he made the chances. Now there's six left from him and six left from the other.

End of over 40. 2 runs this over. 198/7 after 240 balls.
Mohammad Amir 15 (27b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 9-0-37-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 40 (66b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Akeel: "*sigh* Has there been an easier catch dropped ever in Cricket before?"
Zain Munawari: "Has Perera dropped the Champions Trophy? "
Ashok: "How many comments on comparing that drop to Gibbs dropping Steve Waugh !!!" --- About three million

End of over 39. 3 runs this over. 196/7 after 233 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 39 (62b 2x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 8-2-37-1
Mohammad Amir 14 (24b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 38. 5 runs this over. 193/7 after 228 balls.
Mohammad Amir 13 (23b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 8-0-35-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 38 (58b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 37. 4 runs this over. 188/7 after 222 balls.
Mohammad Amir 13 (22b 0x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 10-0-60-3
Sarfraz Ahmed 33 (53b 1x4 0x6 ) more

James: "Gee whiz! So tight and so conflicted. Sri Lanka always feel like the underdogs to me so I want them to get up, but at the same time I want that fairytale victory for Pakistan of coming back against India and triumphing. "

End of over 36. 9 runs this over. 184/7 after 215 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 32 (50b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 8-0-43-1
Mohammad Amir 10 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 35. 2 runs this over. 175/7 after 210 balls.
Mohammad Amir 5 (17b 0x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 4-0-13-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 29 (46b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Abro: "Is it just me or that whenever the ball goes even slightly up in the air, I am like, "This is probably out... No..""
Sajid : "Testing patience of their fans is an old habit of team Pakistan.

End of over 34. 4 runs this over. 172/7 after 203 balls.
Mohammad Amir 3 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 9-0-55-3
Sarfraz Ahmed 28 (45b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Here's what our Sri Lanka correspondent Andrew Fernando said in his preview to this match: "A Sri Lanka v Pakistan knockout has so much tragicomic potential that to discuss it beforehand is like giving out spoilers. This preview may already have said too much."

End of over 33. 1 runs this over. 168/7 after 198 balls.
Mohammad Amir 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 3-0-11-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 27 (43b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 32. 3 runs this over. 167/7 after 192 balls.
Mohammad Amir 1 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 7-0-34-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 26 (39b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 31. 2 runs this over. 164/7 after 186 balls.
Mohammad Amir 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) MD Gunathilaka 1-0-2-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 23 (36b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 30. 4 runs this over. 162/7 after 180 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 22 (33b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 6-0-31-1
Mohammad Amir 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 29. 1 runs this over. 158/6 after 174 balls.
Fahim Ashraf 12 (13b 1x4 1x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 2-0-10-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 21 (29b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Bimal: "Gunaratne. Is he spinner or medium pacer ?? can't tell from run-up." --- A mutant.

End of over 28. 12 runs this over. 157/6 after 168 balls.
Fahim Ashraf 12 (11b 1x4 1x6 ) N Pradeep 8-0-51-3
Sarfraz Ahmed 20 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Phew. What a game. Drinks break, time for a breather.

End of over 27. 8 runs this over. 145/6 after 162 balls.
Fahim Ashraf 7 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) SL Malinga 7-2-34-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 17 (23b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Hammad: "I loved the way Mathews captain this young, talented SL side today. He did use his best bowlers in the middle overs, but he had nothing to lose. I think it turned out to be a good decision after all. However, Fahim is in! now, we can't ignore his innings against Bangladesh in the warm-up game. As a Pakistani supporter, I'm still hopeful!"

End of over 26. 5 runs this over. 137/6 after 156 balls.
Fahim Ashraf 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 7-0-43-3
Sarfraz Ahmed 16 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 25. 4 runs this over. 132/5 after 149 balls.
Imad Wasim 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 6-2-26-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 15 (20b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 24. 4 runs this over. 128/4 after 144 balls.
Shoaib Malik 10 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 7-0-30-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 13 (17b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23.  A maiden over! 124/4 after 138 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 5-2-22-0
Shoaib Malik 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Alan: "The Pakistan batting line-up seems so jittery! Seems as if all SL have to do is bowl a few dot balls and wait for the batsmen to get themselves out. "

End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 124/4 after 132 balls.
Shoaib Malik 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 6-0-26-1
Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Nitin : "Stage set for another great 5th wicket stand which is almost a given for this championship "

End of over 21. 8 runs this over. 119/4 after 125 balls.
Shoaib Malik 7 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 4-1-22-0
Sarfraz Ahmed 7 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 20. 1 runs this over. 111/4 after 120 balls.
Sarfraz Ahmed 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 5-0-21-1
Shoaib Malik 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 110/3 after 113 balls.
Shoaib Malik 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 5-0-27-1
Azhar Ali 34 (48b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Usman: "@James, and that's exactly why Malik and Sarfraz need to bat at no 3 & 4"

End of over 18. 7 runs this over. 106/3 after 108 balls.
Shoaib Malik 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 6-0-38-2
Azhar Ali 32 (46b 2x4 1x6 ) more

Danish: "Lately as a pakistani fan, i do not panic until shoaib malik is out...i feel like he is our most experinced Mr Calm and Cool i dont care whats happening around me player. for example...two quick wickets went down and what does he do first ball? gets a boundary as if to say "hello, how are you?" so non chalant!"

James : "The problem for Pakistan here isn't the run rate. It's the "wicket rate". One (or both) of these two, and quite possibly Sarfraz, need to play a substantial innings. You can't expect the tail to sustain a chase in a game as important as this."

End of over 17. 5 runs this over. 99/3 after 102 balls.
Shoaib Malik 4 (1b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 4-0-23-1
Azhar Ali 26 (42b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Wajid Jawaid : "Of course they could not chase the target smoothly, they are Pakistan. In familiar land now as a Pakistani supporter "

Krishna: "@Varun, why are talking about DLS, is it raining or expected to rain?" --- No. But as you can see above, there were many nervous supporters trying to cover all bases.

End of over 16. 3 runs this over. 93/2 after 95 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 5-0-30-2
Azhar Ali 24 (40b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 15. 3 runs this over. 90/1 after 90 balls.
Babar Azam 10 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 3-0-18-0
Azhar Ali 23 (39b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Sufyan: "I think Pakistan should play India in the forst match of every tornament, if they win they will get a huge boost of confidence and if they loose then the fans will basb them so much that they will start fighting like cornered tigers. " --- That's one way to look at it.

Shaheer Izhar: "Sitting at work, thank god I have a desk job with two monitors. Have the smallest cricinfo window opened on the top left corner on my monitor. Smiled so hard at every four Fakhar hit, Boss staring me from her cubicle thinking when did Real estate become so much fun. KEEP PLAYING HARD PAKISTAN <3. Loving the comments from every one else coming in! Boring old Monday became so exciting! - Much love to cricinfo and team from TORONTO!"

Drinks break.

End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 87/1 after 84 balls.
Babar Azam 9 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 4-0-27-1
Azhar Ali 21 (37b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Anwar Khan: "Zaman reminded me of Afridi. Not just in how you feel you may get out at any moment, but also the deflation to normalcy after he gets out"

End of over 13. 2 runs this over. 80/1 after 77 balls.
Babar Azam 4 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 2-0-15-0
Azhar Ali 19 (34b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Wajid Jawaid : "In both of his matches Fakhar played a rapid knock. Allowed other batsmen to absorb pressure against SA. May prove decisive here as well"

End of over 12. 4 runs this over. 78/1 after 72 balls.
Babar Azam 4 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 3-0-20-1
Azhar Ali 18 (32b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 11. 9 runs this over. 74/0 after 66 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 50 (34b 8x4 1x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 1-0-9-0
Azhar Ali 18 (32b 1x4 1x6 ) more

khan: ""Fakhar looks good for the team. Even when he is not hitting boundaries, he is rotating strikes. That will have a good overall impact on the way pakistan team plays.""

End of over 10. 7 runs this over. 64/0 after 59 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 42 (29b 7x4 1x6 ) RAS Lakmal 4-0-19-0
Azhar Ali 16 (30b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 9. 13 runs this over. 57/0 after 54 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 36 (24b 6x4 1x6 ) N Pradeep 2-0-16-0
Azhar Ali 16 (30b 1x4 1x6 ) more

D: "Just a curious question, when was the last time three asian teams went to the semi finals? I believe it's the 2011 world cup." --- Correct.

End of over 8. 12 runs this over. 43/0 after 47 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 23 (18b 5x4 0x6 ) NLTC Perera 1-0-12-0
Azhar Ali 16 (29b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Big over. Momentum over.

End of over 7. 3 runs this over. 30/0 after 41 balls.
Azhar Ali 8 (25b 1x4 0x6 ) N Pradeep 1-0-3-0
Fakhar Zaman 19 (16b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Here's our attempt at unwrapping one of cricket's greatest mysteries: the death of Bob Woolmer

End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 27/0 after 36 balls.
Azhar Ali 7 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 3-0-12-0
Fakhar Zaman 18 (14b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Azwer: "What of the slow over rate and sarfaraz's fate for next match if pak qualify?" --- I reckon he's getting away with a fine. They were only just above the time after allowances.

End of over 5. 2 runs this over. 21/0 after 30 balls.
Azhar Ali 2 (18b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 3-1-14-0
Fakhar Zaman 18 (12b 4x4 0x6 ) more

Muhammad Ishaqu: "@commentator: we are not even sure of winning this match and you're talking about topping the group. Haha"

End of over 4. 5 runs this over. 19/0 after 24 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 17 (9b 4x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 2-0-7-0
Azhar Ali 1 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 12 runs this over. 14/0 after 18 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 13 (8b 3x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 2-1-12-0
Azhar Ali 0 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 2 runs this over. 2/0 after 11 balls.
Azhar Ali 0 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) RAS Lakmal 1-0-2-0
Fakhar Zaman 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

rish: "@Mubashir, SL responding by dropping a few of their own. What goes around comes around :)"

End of over 1.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 6 balls.
Azhar Ali 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 1-1-0-0
Fakhar Zaman 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Mubashir Bashir: "A few dropped catches & some sloppy fielding in middle overs have made sure that Pakistan need those many runs! If they could have added extra pressure and held on all the opportunities, they could have stopped SL below 200. The most important thing is SL has got runs on board now and Pakistan needs to play well to qualify for semis! Good luck Pakistan..."

Azhar AliC BKG Mendis B RAS Lakmal34502168
Fakhar ZamanC DAS Gunaratne B N Pradeep503681138.89
Babar AzamC DM de Silva B N Pradeep10181055.56
Mohammad HafeezC N Pradeep B NLTC Perera150020
Shoaib MalikC N Dickwella B SL Malinga11201055
Sarfraz Ahmednot out 61795077.22
Imad WasimC N Dickwella B N Pradeep4310133.33
Fahim AshrafRun out NLTC Perera 151511100
Mohammad Amirnot out 28431065.12
Hasan Ali -
Junaid Khan -
Total 237/7
SL Malinga9.525215.29
RAS Lakmal10.004814.8
N Pradeep10.006036
NLTC Perera8.004315.38
DAS Gunaratne5.001903.8
MD Gunathilaka1.00202
DM de Silva1.00303